Dec 13, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) dribbles the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Kobe Bryant suggests he won’t be a coach when he retires (Video)


After great players retire, many times they find it difficult to walk away from the game they’ve spent their entire life playing – so they do the next best thing – find a role within the sport, often coaching or taking a front office job.

Many believed that Kobe Bryant would follow such a role after his playing days come to an end given his love of the game and competitive nature, but the Los Angeles Lakers icon suggested today that coaching is not for him.

Talking with CNBC, promoting his new investment, BodyArmor, Bryant suggested that he probably won’t ever become a coach, hinting that he simply doesn’t share the same passion in comparison to actually playing the game.

While some elite players have shown themselves to be successful as a head coach at a professional level (Larry Bird, etc), many others struggle with the job as they likely find it difficult to understand why players don’t share the same ability/passion they did for the game.

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